Due to prolonged conflict, drought and other climate hazards, over 2.6 million people were still displaced in Somalia and Somaliland in December 2019, and nearly five million were considered food insecure. Access to health care remained limited in parts of the country, malnutrition rates among children were well above the emergency threshold in many areas and the number of deaths during pregnancy and childbirth ranked among the highest in the world.
Since returning to Somalia in 2017, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has steadily increased support to health facilities in different areas around the country.
After an absence of almost four years due to extreme attacks on staff, our aim is to ensure that people in Somalia have access to medical care in areas where needs are critical and the security conditions allow us to operate. Learn how you can best help in Somalia and other countries.
We continued to support nutrition, pediatrics, and emergency services at Mudug regional hospital in North Galkayo in 2018, and also provided humanitarian assistance in displacement camps in Galkayo.
In May, we started supporting Bay regional hospital in Baidoa, a referral facility for the entire South West state, to address the health needs of women and children. Maternal mortality and the number of stillbirths remain high in the region, in large part due to women presenting late with complications in pregnancy.
By the end of 2018, our team in Baidoa had assisted 690 births, including 110 Cesarean sections. Our support will be extended to the hospital’s pediatric services, as well as running community health education and awareness-raising sessions, health surveillance activities, and hospital referrals. Please donate to support our work in Somalia and other countries around the world now.
In addition to these longer-term projects, we carried out numerous ad hoc interventions across Somalia in 2018, sending teams to provide nutritional care in Doolow and Dhusamareeb, and to support pediatric health care and prepare for disease outbreaks in Dhobley, Bardhere, and Garbaharey, Jubaland state.
In collaboration with local agencies, MSF also conducted cataract surgery camps in Erigavo, Las Anod, Buhodle, Galkayo, Baidoa, and Bardhere.